The WDS Data Portal is among the data collections searched by world wide science, along with 14 other resources focussed on data, WWS.org Languagesand the Alliance is actively seeking new data resources and partners.
The ICSU-WDS Data Portal is a prototype allowing retrieval of datasets from participating WDS Members. As a first step, it provides access to currently available metadata catalogues using international and community agreed standards.
The prototype was started with initial candidates willing to participate in setting up the portal framework. It is currently being updated to include more participating WDS Members and will be relaunched.
Participating WDS Members need to implement current standards in the field of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and can generally use the resulting interoperability to network also with other communities and portals such as the Ocean Data Portal (IODE), the Global Change Master Directory (GCMD), or the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS).